When I signed up for the New Year Blog Hop I wasn't exactly prepared. I just thought it was a fantastic idea created by Carrie Ann Ryan who organized this hop. It is so cool with many fantastic authors participating, and great prizes too. You'll find me under the link Trending The New Year From The Past. Yes, that sounds weird for a link to my blog. I put the title where the blog link should have been! It doesn't matter because here I am!
To talk about a most memorable new year's memory it has to be the January I won a coveted spot in a hard to get into creative writing workshop held by a well known author. I had to submit a short story, and it won me a spot! It was such a thrill. And I thought yeah, I'm there. I've got to be good to be one of the chosen few by this author. The dreams of becoming the next Nora (Roberts) filled my head.
It's funny how aspiring authors have so much to learn about writing and crafting stories, the industry and becoming published.That was several years ago. Since then, I've learned. It's not so easy to get through those doors. It takes work and luck and then more work. Since I've always worked hard on the crafting aspect, the most important thing I learned was how the industry changes constantly.
I believe the most important changing trend today is the advent and rise of digital publishing. And with it, many authors that couldn't find a place are publishing and are here to stay! The trends say it is a great time for authors and for the publishing industry in general.
As for me, well I have several lofty writing/publishing goals for 2012. But unlike the younger me, I now look at this industry with a more realistic eye. Here's hoping we all achieve our goals as we trend into the new year, and that we have learned much from the past.
Happy New Year! Continue on with this fabulous blog hop where many prizes await you if you leave comments on the participants blogs. I'll have a special giveaway on my blog too. Just leave a comment to be in the running here.
Go to Carrie's Blog first, and from there you can access all the blogs in this New Year Blog Hop! The grand prize is a Kindle Fire! Oh and the next prize is an $80 gift certificate! So go out and have fun hopping!